UN report says IS expanded control near Damascus

UN report says IS expanded control near Damascus

WASHINGTON: A report to the U.N. Security Council on Syria says the Islamic State extremist group expanded its control over parts of a Damascus neighbourhood in March and remains east of Deir el-Zour and in Hasakah governorate.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' monthly report to the council on implementation of resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria also says military escalation continued across Syria, including in de-escalation areas.

The report circulated Monday says the U.S. Defence Department reported that in March the U.S.-led coalition staged at least 32 strikes on IS targets in Syria.

Guterres says IS fighters remain east of Deir el-Zour around the towns of Albu Kamal and Mayadin, in Hasakah and in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk - and have expanded their control over parts of the nearby Qadam neighborhood of the capital.